ENFP - Extraverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving

"Anything's Possible!"
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I am full of enthusiasm and new ideas. Optimistic, spontaneous, creative and confident, I have an original mind and a strong sense of the possible. For me, life is an exciting drama.

Because I am so interested in possibilities, I see significance in all things and prefer to keep lots of options open. I am perceptive and a keen observer and notices anything out of the ordinary. I am curious; preferring to understand rather than judge.

Imaginative, adaptable and alert, I value inspiration above all else and am often an ingenious inventor. I am sometimes nonconformist and am good at seeing new ways of doing things. I open up new avenues for thought and action . . . and then keeps them open!

In carrying out my innovative ideas, I rely on my impulsive energy. I have lots of initiative and find problems stimulating. I also get an infusion of energy from being around other people and can successfully combine my talents with the strengths of others.

I am charming and full of vitality. I treat people with sympathy, gentleness and warmth and am ready to help anyone with a problem. I can be remarkably insightful and perceptive and care about the development of others. I avoid conflict and prefer harmony. I put more energy into maintaining personal relationships than into maintaining objects and like to keep a wide assortment of relationships alive.

POSSIBLE BLIND SPOTS

Since I find it so easy to generate ideas, I have difficulty focusing on just one thing at a time and can have trouble making a decision. I see so many possibilities that I have difficulty selecting the best activity or interest to pursue. Sometimes I make poor choices or gets involved with too many things at once. Carefully choosing where I will focus my energy helps me avoid wasting my time and squandering my considerable talents.

To me, the fun part of a project is the initial problem solving and creation of something new. I like to exercise my inspiration on the important and challenging parts of a problem. After this stage, I often lose interest and lack the self-discipline necessary to complete what I’ve started. I am likely to start many projects but finish few. I have more to show for my efforts when I follow through with the necessary but tedious parts of a project until it is completed. Often writing important facts or steps down on paper will help me from getting side tracked.

Often I am not particularly well organized. I can benefit from learning and applying time management and personal organizational skills. I do well when I team up with other more realistic and practical people. This usually suits me fine anyway, since I don’t like working alone, especially for extended periods of time. I find working with another person, even on a less interesting phase of a project, far preferable to working alone.

I am not much interested in details. Since I am more excited about using my imagination and creating something original, I may not bother to collect all the information I need in order to carry out a particular activity. Sometimes I just improvise on the spot instead of planning and preparing ahead. Because I find information gathering tedious, I run the risk of never getting past the “bright idea” stage, or once started, never finishing. Always restless, I’d rather put off dealing with troublesome details and move on to something else new or unusual. I am more effective when I consciously attend to the actual world around me and gather more realistic impressions to make my innovations workable.

THE 3 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FOR ME TO FOCUS ON ARE: 


1. Prioritize

2. Focus and follow through

3. Don't put off making decisions

 

MY STRENGTHS

-Eagerness to “think outside the box” and consider new possibilities
-Courage to take some risks, try new things and overcome obstacles
-A broad range of interests and the ability to quickly learn things that interest me
-Natural curiosity and skill for getting the information I need
-Ability to see the big picture and the implications of actions and ideas
-Excellent communication skills and ability to rouse others’ enthusiasm
-Adaptability; I can shift gears and change directions quickly
-Perceptiveness about people; I understand their needs and motivations


MY WEAKNESSES

-Difficulty setting priorities and making decisions
-Impatience with uncreative people
-Reluctance to do things in traditional or routine ways
-Lack of discipline when attending to and following through on important details
-Tendency to become bored or sidetracked, especially after creative process is done
-Dislike for doing repetitive tasks
-Impatience working with systems or people who are too rigid
-Propensity to always focus on what’s possible rather than what’s doable or probable
-Tendency to be disorganized
-Procrastinating may mean that I lose out on potentially satisfying opportunities because I took too long.
-I need to decide when I have enough information rather than go on indefinitely gathering more


FOLLOW THROUGH ON MY IDEAS & OPTIONS

-Develop and then use a system of my choosing to help me check my progress so that nothing slips through the cracks. Stick with whatever I decide, rather than dropping it to try a more intriguing system before giving the first one a chance to help me.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE REALISTIC FACTS

-Focus my energy and attention on seeing what is really in front of me rather than just what might be.
-Be realistic when planning how long things will take, how much they will cost and how much I can afford. Make plans so that I am prepared in case things don’t work out exactly as I plan.

CURB MY TENDENCY TO LEAP BEFORE I LOOK!

-Develop a plan in advance so I don’t squander my inspiration and energy in areas that aren’t for me.
-Generate a list of criteria including what I can’t live without as well as what would be nice, but not imperative. Continue to use that list as a guide, comparing potential opportunities before pursuing them.

WORK ON SELF-DISCIPLINE

-Use proven time management skills and systems to help me stay organized. Ask an organized friend to help me (and to make it more fun)
-Prioritize the most important tasks, issues and activities so I can’t become distracted easily. Try not to let impromptu socializing take me away from the less exciting, but nevertheless important things.

 

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